Claire’s faces more claims of asbestos in children’s cosmetics

27 Mar 2018 by under News

asbestos cosmetics claires talc 100x100 Claires faces more claims of asbestos in childrens cosmeticsThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into claims of asbestos contamination in cosmetics products sold at children’s retailer Claire’s Stores Inc., after testing by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) on 15 talc-containing products revealed that three of the products sold at Clair’s contained . Read the rest of this entry »


9/11 hero, ferryboat captain dies of cancer

24 Mar 2018 by under People

twin towers collapse 9/11 hero, ferryboat captain dies of cancerA 45-year-old ferryboat captain who was widely hailed as a hero for successfully evacuating hundreds of people from the disaster site following the deadly terrorist attacks that took down New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has died following a battle with cancer.

“It is unknown whether Thomas Phelan had or some other form of cancer, but his death is being attributed to exposure to the toxic materials, including , that choked the air after the towers fell,” Mesothelioma.net reports. Read the rest of this entry »


UK names first mesothelioma nurse specialist

22 Mar 2018 by under News

nurse Wikipedia 100x100 UK names first mesothelioma nurse specialistThe United Kingdom has appointed the first mesothelioma nurse specialist charged with helping armed forces personnel and veterans affected by the deadly cancer caused by exposure. The nurse, Helen Wilkes, will be based at the University Hospital Southhampton NHS Trust, where she will assist patients in Southamptom, Portsmouth, central and southern England, the Channel Islands and the Falklands. Wilkes will work with local support groups to raise awareness about the disease and to connect patients with to information regarding treatment and clinical trials. Read the rest of this entry »


Mesothelioma study combines radiation with immunotherapy

20 Mar 2018 by under Research/Treatment
RadiationTherapy 100x100 Mesothelioma study combines radiation with immunotherapy

Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Liliana Moreno

Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York is recruiting patients with relapsed mesothelioma for a study to determine the safety and efficacy of a combined radiation and immunotherapy treatment.

Researchers are hoping that steroatactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) can boost the immune system’s anti- response, and that the immunotherapy drug avelumab can enhance that effect. Read the rest of this entry »


Steve McQueen mesothelioma movie now available on digital DVD

16 Mar 2018 by under News, People

stevemcqueen 100x100 Steve McQueen mesothelioma movie now available on digital DVDThe movie Steve McQueen: American Icon, the story of the American actor called the “King of Cool,” is now available on digital DVD. The “bad boy” actor was one of the highest paid actors in the 1970s, and went on to star in movies likes The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. But his career was unexpectedly cut short after he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s. He died in 1981. Read the rest of this entry »


New mesothelioma study focuses on personalized treatment

14 Mar 2018 by under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 1 100x100 New mesothelioma study focuses on personalized treatmentThe Leicester Research program, a multidisciplinary research partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust, received a donation of about $3.5 million from the British Lung Foundation to develop a groundbreaking new umbrella study on . Read the rest of this entry »


Researchers identify mechanism linking mesothelioma and asbestos exposure

13 Mar 2018 by under Research/Treatment

research test tubes 100x100 Researchers identify mechanism linking mesothelioma and asbestos exposureA team of researchers has found the exact mechanism that causes malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer linked to exposure.

According to a study by the Swiss National Science Foundation, malignant begins when the long, pointed fibers of asbestos come in contact with the cells of the mesothelium, the membrane that covers the lungs and other organs. The body is unable to expel the fibers through the lymphatic system, leaving them to wreak havoc on tissue creating micro injuries. This causes an immune reaction, triggering white blood cells to rush to the site of the injury to repair the tissue. But, the cells multiply so quickly that tumors form and the cells’ RNA mutates, creating the perfect landscape for the cancer to grow out of control. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos Awareness PSA highlights ‘killer you can’t see’

9 Mar 2018 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Asbestos Awareness PSA highlights killer you cant seeA 30-second public service announcement (PSA) video, “Asbestos: The Killer You Can’t See,” captures the tragic reality about deadly through hand-drawn animation by Chocolate Moose Media. The PSA reveals how a young girl loses her father to , highlighting the insidious and nearly invisible fibers that caused his death. Read the rest of this entry »


Companion bill introduced to asbestos ban act

7 Mar 2018 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Companion bill introduced to asbestos ban actCongresswoman Susan Bonamici (D-OR), along with cosponsors Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Paul Tonko (D-NY), introduced a House companion bill to The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 (), aimed at expediting a ban on imports and use of the carcinogen, both now and the future. was introduced in the Senate in November 2017. Read the rest of this entry »


Global Asbestos Awareness Week planned for April 1-7

5 Mar 2018 by under Events, News

1024px The Earth seen from Apollo 17 100x100 Global Asbestos Awareness Week planned for April 1 7The 14th annual Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) has been scheduled for April 1-7, 2018, according to the Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an education, advocacy and community action group.

The week focuses on awareness and prevention with each day featuring different educational resources from leading organizations, blogs, videos and asbestos victims’ stories, some of which have been translated into six different languages for global distribution. The week culminates on April 7 with an online worldwide candlelight vigil. Read the rest of this entry »